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Acacia myrtifolia

Myrtle Wattle

Fast growing rounded to erect shrub with red, ribbed stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-3 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesBroad, thick shiny foliage often with thickened yellow edges, 5-20 cm x 5-25 mm.
  • Flower colourCream to yellow
  • Flowering timeJuly to October
  • FlowersClusters of ball-shaped flowerheads, massed along branches in leaf axils. Narrow, erect, curved pods with thickened margins, 4-9 cm x 3-5 mm.
  • Bird attractingSeeds, insects
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsSandy or clay well drained soils in heaths and scrubs of open forests. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useProvides fast colour in the garden while slower plants grow. About 5 years useful life span. Quick screen. Adaptable to most garden conditions. Pruning beneficial.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Yarra Ranges Council photo library; 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 4 David Francis, NatureShare ©

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